Distress signal detected in Tonga after volcanic eruption and tsunami – Archyde

NUKU’ALOFA, KOMPAS.com – A distress signal was detected on a low-lying island of Tonga after a volcanic eruption and tsunami, the United Nations said Tuesday (18/01/2022) as the first deaths were reported.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) expressed concern about the two islands of Mango and Fonoi after surveillance flights confirmed significant property damage from the eruption on Saturday (15/01/2022), but there has been no contact with residents.

“Active distress signal detected by Mango,” OCHA said AFP. According to the Tongan census, the island is inhabited by more than 30 people.

Also read: Tsunami in Tonga: Internet and phone off, 105,000 residents unavailable

OCHA continued, severe damage was reported on the west coast of Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu. Several resorts and homes were destroyed or badly damaged, and two people were missing.

Details of the missing people have not yet been released, but the brother of a British woman who was swept away by the tsunami said her sister’s body has been found.

Nick Eleini said the family was devastated that Angela Glover died trying to save her dogs.

“My family was sadly informed this morning that my sister Angela’s body was found,” Eleini said.

Angela Glover (50) lives with her husband in Tonga. The woman runs an animal welfare organization that shelters and keeps wild dogs.

“I understand that this horrible accident happened while they were trying to save their dog,” Eleini said.

Three days after the eruption, information coming from Tonga was running out as most communications were cut.

Also read: Latest findings, 1 person dies in Tonga from tsunami

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